Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Book of Mormon and the Nephi Giants of the Ohio Valley

Book of Mormon and the Nephi Giants

 . The following quotes are from the Book of Mormon that has Some striking similarities to the Allegewi (Adena) Moundbuilders that would have lived in New York, the site of the hill of Cumorah, where the sacred tablets containing their scriptures were found.
   It is also in upstate New York, near Lake Erie that giants graveyards are found. A great war is documented on both the Mormon Bible and the Lene Lenape Algonquin Indian's history, called the Bark Records, or the Walum Olum. ("Olum" is a Hebrew word meaning "history," coincidence?)

Book of Mormon, Chapter 2:1
   "And it came to pass in that same year there began to be a war again between the Nephites and the Lamanites. And notwithstanding I being young, was large in stature; therefore the people of Nephi appointed me that I should be their leader, or the leader of their armies."
  Helaman 1:15
  " And they came down again that they might pitch battle against the Nephites.  And they were led by a man whose name Coriantumer; and he was a descendant of Zarahemla, and he was a dissenter from among the Nephites; and he was large and a mighty man
    It is of interest that the phrase "might man" is used here because it is reminiscent of Genesis 6: 4
 "The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came into the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown."

 The western and southern flank of the Great Lakes was protected by over two hundred circular earthen forts. Near many of these are found skeletons of large size. The erection of these forts is also mentioned in the book of Mormon.

The Book of Mormon, Alma 48:8
   "Yea, he was strengthening the armies of the Nephites, and erecting small forts, or places of resort; throwing up banks of earth round about to enclose his armies, and also building walls of stone to encircle them about, round about their cities and the borders of their lands; yea all about the land.

 A series of circular forts were constructed on the southern tier of the Great Lakes from New York to Indiana.  

     According to the Walum Olum the Algonquins were located to the North of the giant race and the attacks came from Canada, south.  This would explain the hundreds of circular forts erected along the St. Lawrence River and extending to the west along the southern tier of the Great Lakes.

    It is across these same areas that we find whole graveyards of giant humans. Skeletal remains have also been described as showing evidence of battle.  Many Mormon researchers look at the Ohio Valley earthworks as a series of fortifications, when in reality they were ceremonial centers.

    Graveyards of Giant Skeletons, are these the remains of the ancient Nephi Giants?

History of Niagra County, New York 1878
A search enabled them to come to a pit, but a slight distance from the surface. The top of the pit was covered with slabs of the Medina Sandstone, and was twenty-four feet square by four and a half in depth- the planes agreeing with the four cardinal points. It was filled with human bones of both sexes and all ages. They dug down at one extremity and found the same layers to extend to the bottom, which was the same dry loam, and from their calculations, they deduced that at least four thousand souls had perished one great massacre. In one skull two flint arrowheads were found, and many had the appearance of having been fractured and cleft open by a sudden blow. They were piled in regular layers, but with no regard to size or sex… One hundred and fifty persons a day visited this spot the first season and carried off the bones. They are now nearly all gone and the pit plowed over. The remains of a wall were traced near the vault. Some of the bones found in the latter were of unusual size. One of these was a thighbone that had been healed of an oblique fracture. One was the upper half of a skull so large that that of a common man would not fill it.

Holland Purchase of Western New York, 1849

In the town of Cambria, upon the farm, until recently owned by Eliakin Hammond, now owned by John Gould, is an ancient fortification and burial place…

“The location commands a view of Lake Ontario and the surrounding country. An area of about six acres of level ground appears to have been occupied; fronting which upon a circular verge of the mountain, were distinct remains of a wall. Nearly in the center of the area was a depository of the dead. It was a pit excavated to depth of four or five feet, filled with human bones, over which were slabs of stones… In the position of the skeletons, there were none of the signs of ordinary Indian burial; but evidence that the bodies were thrown in promiscuously, and at the same time. The conjecture might well be indulged that it had been the theatre of a sanguinary battle, terminating in favor of the assailants, and a general massacre. A thigh bone of unusual length was preserved for a considerable period by a physician of Lockport, and excited much curiosity.”

History of Erie County, Pennsylvania 1884

An ancient graveyard was discovered in 1820, on the land known as the Drs. Carter and Dickinson places in Erie, which created quite a sensation at the time. Dr. Albert Thayer dug up some of the bones, and all indicated a race of beings of immense size.